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Church leaders shut Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre in land, tax protest

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Church leaders in Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday in protest at a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they called a “systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land”. Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian church leaders said the holy site, a popular stop for pilgrims and where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried, would remain closed until further notice. ...

The other side of war: The Palestinian story must eclipse Israeli Hasbara

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Not only is the Palestinian political decision splintered amongst factions, but the Palestinian story is too divided, misused and, at times, disfigured.The crisis of the Palestinian narrative, however is relatively recent, thus, through decided and concentrated efforts it can be remedied. It was the signing of the Oslo Accord in 1993 that shattered the relative cohesiveness of the Palestinian discourse, as it also weakened and divided the Palestinian people.But how are we to reclaim the clarity ...

Ramzy Baroud

US official says embassy expected to open in Jerusalem in May

Friday, 23 February 2018

The United States is expected to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a US official told Reuters on Friday, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of US policy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in contact with the US Administration and will respond if and when an American announcement is made on the planned US Embassy move to Jerusalem, an Israeli government source said on Friday. US President Donald Trump announced last year that the United States recognized ...

Nikki Haley: Mideast peace proposal nearly ready

Friday, 23 February 2018

The United States ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that a proposal for a long awaited peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians is near completion. “I think they’re finishing it up,” Nikki Haley said, when asked about formulations of a Middle East peace proposal during an appearance at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. ALSO READ: West Bank settlers grew twice the rate of Israel’s overall population last year The news came a day after ...

Sisi: Egypt govt not a party on gas deal with Israel

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that the Egyptian government is not a party to the recent gas agreement with Israel. Sisi said during his opening of a number of service centers for investors, on Wednesday, that the Egyptian government is not party to a private company’s deal to import quantities of natural gas from Israel. He added that he was very pleased with the Egyptians' involvement in the events taking place in their country. He pointed out that Egypt has nothing to hide ...

Lebanon and Israel: Ominous clouds loom over their border

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Ominous clouds loom over Lebanon and Israel. The two countries are technically still in a state of war, but their common borders have remained without any tension since the 2006 conflict. A UN drawn ‘blue line’ marks their borders both on land and on sea, following Israeli withdrawal from its ‘safe zone’ in southern Lebanon.This demarcation is not definitive and requires signing as part of an eventual peace treaty between Israel and Lebanon and hence is placed under the ...

Christian Chesnot

Other nations could be part of future Mideast peace talks

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The US State Department said on Tuesday the United States would consider supporting the involvement of other countries in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the future if it believes it would be helpful in reaching an accord. Asked about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' call on Tuesday for international peace talks, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: "If at some point we believe that other countries could be helpful to the peace process, we would certainly be ...

The nuclear future of the Middle East

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The middle east is going nuclear. The UAE will be launching its first reactors by the end of this year while Egypt and Kuwait are both in discussions to build their own. Saudi Arabia is looking to build 16 reactors in the kingdom and will also be signing contracts soon. Al Arabiya’s Awad Mustafa spoke to the director general of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), Christer Viktorsson, to know what the risks, threats and benefits of nuclear energy are.

Abbas to seek wider peace process in rare UN speech

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will call for an alternative to US-mediated negotiations with Israel during a rare address to the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian officials said Monday. Addressing the council Tuesday for the first time since 2009, the longtime Palestinian leader is expected to call for multiple international powers to facilitate peace negotiations and again criticize the United States’ controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. ...

West Bank settlers grew twice the rate of Israel’s overall population last year

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel’s overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in part to the Trump presidency. Yaakov Katz said that President Donald Trump, backed by a Mideast team dominated by settler supporters, has created a friendly new atmosphere conducive to settlement growth after eight contentious years with the Obama White House ...

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